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Greatest Classic Christmas Movies of All-Time

Christmas is a great time of year for movies. There are the greats and not so greats, then there are the must-see classics. I could never go a year without watching several of these before the big day. It helps put me in the mood and puts my Christmas spirit on high.

So here they are, a list of the greatest classic Christmas movies of all-time.

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer

I'm a huge fan of stop-motion animation. It is a thing of beauty.

This movie introduced almost every child born in 1964 or later to the ninth-reindeer. And because of this, I can't even imagine what Christmas would be like with only eight. It's almost too un-Christmas to even think about!

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman

I know, I know, a lot of you guys aren't fans of Frosty. You think his voice is annoying and his songs are unbearable. But me... I love Frosty. He is everything a child (I'm just a big kid) could ask for. A freaking magical hat that makes a snowman come alive?!? Seriously. What isn't cool about that?

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Ah, Charlie, Charlie, Charlie. Now, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts are an interesting group-at least for me. When I was younger, I absolutely hated the Peanuts; I couldn't stand any of them besides Snoopy. Now, I love them and can't get enough. There isn't anything better than seeing Charlie's pitiful Christmas tree while putting a smile on my face.

It's a Wonderful Life

Jimmy Stewart is by far my favorite actor, and this film is definitely one of the reasons why. It has every emotion needed in a Christmas classic: sadness, happiness, love, loneliness, excitement, and remorse.

White Christmas

This film is a bit different than the others. Not because it has one of the greatest singers of the 20th century in Bing Crosby, but because the overall feel of the film leans more towards the relationships around Christmas and not necessarily the day itself. Nonetheless, the Christmas songs are classic and the "show" within the movie is fantastic.

A Christmas Carol

A classic. The three ghosts, Mr. Scrooge, and yes, Tiny Tim. No matter which version you see or you just read the story, you'll fall in love with it all over again. It's a classic and a great one at that.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

I'm embarrassed to say I didn't watch this until just a couple years ago. "You'll shoot your eye out!" Is now embedded into my soul and will live forever, somewhere in the universe. Oh, the story is great, amazing, fantastic. But seriously, "You'll shoot your eye out!"

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss was a genius in his own right. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is just one of the many classics Seuss wrote throughout his lifetime. The Whos are seen in many of the classic stories, but make a fantastic appearance in this film. As well, the cartoon-drawn movie is a favorite of mine and many others.

The Santa Clause

This film is probably seen as even more for the children than the other films, but in my opinion, it still holds strong. Once again, perhaps my actors-taste has gotten in the way. I'm a huge Tim Allen fan; who didn't love Home Improvement? I grew up on that stuff!

Elf

Elf

This is one of the most under appreciated Christmas films, in my opinion. The story is unique with a plot that follows through, the acting is great (although sometimes maybe a little over the top), and stars three amazing people (four if you are a James Caan fan). Bob Newhart. Nice. Will Ferrel. Oh? He's funny. Zooey Deschanel. Ok, I love the movie.